Plays Announced for the Third International Festival of 10-Minute Plays

By Michael Hager

Our theme this year is “Lost in Translation.” From questionable dates to initial contact with another planet to the linguistic challenges of aging, our plays this year cover the topic of communication or, perhaps better put, miscommunication. More than 100 plays from around the world were submitted and considered, many from award-winning playwrights.

San Miguel’s 3rd International Festival of 10-Minute Plays
Diez Minutos 2015
March 19-20 & 26-27, 7pm
March 21-22 & 28-29, 5pm
Teatro Santa Ana
150 pesos at the box office
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Kate Rowland, a three-year veteran of Diez Minutos, picked Fighting Mister Right by Barbara Lindsay and Shades by Mark Harvey Levine. Since she became a playwright, there have been more than 300 productions of Barbara’s plays and monologues in 33 states, 11 countries and on every continent except Antarctica. Mark Harvey Levine has had over 1100 productions from New York to Bucharest to Jakarta to London. El Beso, a Spanish-language film version of his play The Kiss, was produced in Mexico and premiered at the Cannes film festival in 2014. Surprise was in Diez Minutos 2013.

Ken Albanese, the newest addition to our team, will direct Irish Stew by Cary Pepper and a Date with Destiny by Jeffrey Neuman, one of last year’s festival playwrights. Cary is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and a three-time contributor to the Best American Short Plays series from Applause Books (Small Things; House of the Holy Moment; Come Again, Another Day). Jeffrey’s work has appeared at theaters and festivals across the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. He was a finalist for the 2012 Heideman Award and recently published Modern Goddesses: Two Short Plays of Mythic Proportions with JAC Publishing & Promotions.

Lauren Osornio has been one of our directors since the festival’s inception. Lauren picked A Little Experimenting by Rhea MacCallum and O. Henry’s Shoe by Mark Saunders. Rhea MacCallum is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and script consultant whose plays have been produced across the United States and six continents. San Miguel resident Mark Saunders is a former winner of the Walden Fellowship, awarded to three Oregon writers annually. More than thirty of his short plays have been staged from California to New York to San Miguel—with several stops in-between—and two of his plays (Who’s on Faust? and Playthings) were published by Smith and Kraus Publishers.

Michael Gottlieb, who acted in our first festival and directed last year, selected the play First Contact by Brook North and Dialogue to Come by Stephen Dierkes. Brook is an actor and playwright based in Raleigh, North Carolina. Stephen is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theatre/Los Angeles and the Dramatists Guild. His plays have been performed in New York, Milwaukee, Spokane, Reno, St. Louis, Cleveland, and elsewhere. Stephen’s full-length play Land Line was recently produced in Los Angeles.

Thank you, one and all, for supporting last year’s Diez Minutos festival. It was a big success. How big? We sold out the entire run before opening night! This year’s festival promises to be just as popular. Tickets will go on sale on March 1 at the Santa Ana box office. Don’t miss San Miguel’s theatre event of the year.


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